Blinds, curtains and windows
On sunny days, open blinds and curtains to let in as much light as possible.
Replacing heavy curtains with a lighter or see-through material helps to let in more light during the day and keeps in the heat at night.
Aluminium or wooden venetian blinds and vertical blinds come in a range of colours and let you control the amount of light that comes in. By angling the blinds, you direct the sunlight where you want it.
And if you’re building or renovating, make sure you design your windows to be taller rather than wider, which lets in more light.
Use mirrors to reflect natural light and open up small spaces like hallways. Placing a mirror opposite a window that gets good light will make a room sunnier.
As well as hanging mirrors on the wall, you can put them on your wardrobe door or on a desk behind flowers to create the feeling of more space.
Try placing mirrors in multiple rooms around your home to find out what reflects the most natural light before permanently installing them.
Replacing a solid front door with one that has clear, frosted or stained glass will make your entry brighter and more inviting.
Changing a solid interior door for one with window panels will also let more light in.
There’s a range of doors with clear, frosted or stained glass that can work for you depending on your budget, security requirements and tastes.
Installing skylights in hallways or small rooms with no windows lets in more light and makes them feel bigger. Installing a skylight kit is easy and they're also inexpensive. Another option is to install a dual action window and skylight higher up on your wall to let in more light and fresh air.
Painting walls and ceilings white or in light colours means that any natural light that comes in will be reflected. White painted trim around windows also helps.
Trim any trees and bushes that may be blocking the light from coming through your windows. Removing objects from your windowsills and keeping your windows clean also increases the amount of light coming in.
Growing plants indoors is a great way to make sure that you let more natural light into your home as you'll need to keep them healthy. You’ll also get the added bonus of fresh flowers, herbs and vegetables available to you at any time.